When you stare dreamily into your lover's eyes for long periods of time, this is an example of gaze.
When someone stares at you for a long period of time, the look they are giving you is an example of a gaze.
- 1667: Strait toward Heav'n my wondring Eyes I turnd, / And gaz'd a while the ample Skie — John Milton, Paradise Lost (book VIII)
- Bible, Acts i. 11Why stand ye gazing up into heaven?.
In fact, for Antonioni this gazing is probably the most fundamental of all cognitive activities ... (from Thinking in the Absence of Image)
Origin of gaze
- Middle English gasen probably of Scandinavian origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Akin to Swedish dial. gasa and Gothic (usgasjan, “to terrify”).